Each weekRoss RubincontributesSwitched On, a column about consumer technology.Crowdfunding has been a boon to companies that are bringing some of the most exciting and innovative devices to market. But sometimes things go wrong. Last March, thefirst of a two-part Switched Ondiscussed some of the foibles about crowdfunding in the wake of Kickstarter proclaiming that it was not a store.
iLounge Senior Editor Charles Starrett has released his first iOS application, Scribe. An advanced text editor for the iPhone and iPad, Scribe is designed for users who write content for the web, with easy HTML markup features accessible directly from the iOS context menus.
Netputing has released version 1.7 of its AirPrint Hacktivator for Mac OS X, a free utility that allows printing from an iOS device to any shared printer over Wi-Fi. According to the utility’s release notes, the new version was rewritten to modify only one file, which is backed up prior to installation.
Apple has added to its legal team ahead of key legal battles with rival companies Nokia, HTC, and Motorola. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Apple and Nokia are squaring off before the International Trade Commission this week, with each side alleging intellectual property violations.
Apple has confirmed the purchase of a 98-acre site near its existing headquarters in Cupertino, CA. The site has served as a longtime campus for rival tech company Hewlett-Packard, and sits across the street from a 50-acre site that Apple acquired in 2006 and had previously announced as the location for a planned second campus.
Apple is offering discounts on a select group of accessories for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod in celebration of “Cyber Monday,” the online counterpart to Black Friday. The discounts include $40 off the Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox speaker, $20 off Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD Headphones, $4 off the Twelve South Compass Portable Stand for iPad, and $13 off an iPhone-friendly Cole Haan Zip Wallet.
Like the company's prior cases for the iPad and iPhone 3G/3GS, Substrata's new Wood Case for iPhone 4 ($110-$125) is made from solid wood with a microfiber lining, and features unusually-shaped front cutouts for the screen, front camera, and sensors, a two-piece design, and oversized holes for access to the ports and controls, enabling broader access while modestly reducing protection.
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